Gratitudes vii Prelude: The Blizzard of the World 1 I Images of Integrity: Living "Divided No More" 3 II Across the Great Divide: Rejoining Soul and Role 13 III Explorations in True Self: Intimations of the Soul 31 IV Being Alone Together: A Community of Solitudes 51 V Preparing for the Journey: Creating Circles of Trust 71 VI The Truth Told Slant: The Power of Metaphor 89 VII Deep Speaks to Deep: Learning to Speak and Listen 113 VIII Living the Questions: Experiments with Truth 129 IX On Laughter and Silence: Not-So-Strange Bedfellows 151 X The Third Way: Nonviolence in Everyday Life 167 Notes 187 The Author 197 Index 199 BRINGING THE BOOK TO LIFE: A Reader's and Group Leader's Guide to Exploring the Themes in A Hidden Wholeness 207 Caryl Hurtig Casbon and Sally Z. Hare
Parker J. Palmer is a highly respected writer, lecturer, teacher, and activist. His work speaks deeply to people from many walks of life, including public schools, college and universities, religious institutions, corporations, foundations, and grass-roots organizations. The Leadership Project, a 1998 survey of 10,000 American educators, named him one of the thirty most influential senior leaders in higher education and one of ten key "agenda-setters" of the past decade. Author of six previous books?including the bestsellers Let Your Life Speak and The Courage to Teach?his writing has been recognized with eight honorary doctorates and several national awards. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley and lives in Madison, Wisconsin.
Palmer (The Courage to Teach) seeks to help us "rejoin soul and role," so that individuals and communities can be healed from the ravages of consumerism, injustice and violence. No small task, yet in classic Palmer style, this mission is fleshed out with stories, poems, personal confessions and a plan-concrete steps for creating "circles of trust" where honest, open sharing allows each person's "inner teacher" to show up. (Ground rules: "no fixing, no saving, no advising, no setting each other straight.") Palmer's concern is that too many people have "divided lives," with personal values that don't match what they are asked to do in the world to succeed. He argues that "the soul is real and powerful" and is "safe only in relationships with certain qualities," ones that "protect, border and salute" the time it takes to hear our "inner teacher." Never na?ve, Palmer warns that these "circles of trust" are not management tools that organizations can force on employees for some grand motive, such as crisis control or increased productivity. They are the opposite of quick fixes-places where we sit and wait for our souls to tell the truth. This book is a treasure-an inspiring, useful blueprint for building safe places where people can commit to "act in every situation in ways that honor the soul." 50,000 first printing. (Sept.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
?NEW TO THIS EDITION: Circles of Trust DVD containing interviews with Parker J. Palmer and Bringing the Book to Life, by Caryl Hurtig Casbon and Sally Z. Hare, a reader's and leader's guide.?